That's an interesting take on it. I'm interested to hear what others think.I think a steelhead cannot officially be called a steelhead until it hits saltwater once.
Often regulations will not call any fish under 20" a steelhead in waters containing both lifeforms of rainbows.
I just think technically-since there is no way of genetically telling if a fish will stay fresh or go to salt. That is the lose "scientific definition" I believe.That's an interesting take on it. I'm interested to hear what others think.
Yes, sounds right.As for the 20" rule. It's my understanding that they wrote that to protect steelhead it rivers containing 20" trout. That way you can't just call it a big resident, but must treat all trout over 20"s as Steelhead. Eliminating that possible confusion.
What is spooky is actually catching an Atlantic in this state. Sometime back pre-internet, I caught a couple out of Rocky Ford without knowing anything about their presence. I talked to a few other guys when there WERE only a few fisherman each day..and was told some had escaped the hatchery.Atlantic salmon.